No Jerry Lee Lewis, not even a telethon

In the second year without Jerry Lewis, the M.D.A. Telethon won't even be a telethon this year. {}The Muscular Dystrophy Association believes telethons are a little too "old-school."{}The M.D.A. instead aired a three-hour prime-time special on Sunday.{}

Future programs will now be pre-recorded, which executives say helped them draw better talent.{}They think older viewers are more likely to watch new performances than younger viewers are to suddenly discover Jerry Lewis. {}Since the show is no longer live, it means you can also say goodbye to telethon mainstays like appeals for donations or the running tote board.{}